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Aug 12th, 2010

The Million Dollar View

After her father's death, Ms. Jacobs was charged with selling her parents' house on Staten Island. In this essay, she contends with an unctuous realtor as well as her own emotional conflict:
“What a lovely neighborhood,” the realtor said. She stepped into the foyer and extended a perfectly manicured hand. I sighed. She was the third agent to tour the house, so I was prepared for the smart suit....
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Apr 11th, 2007

Packing for the Ineffable

A few years ago, Ms. Jacobs's stepson secretly quit college and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. In this essay, she recounts the dilemma she faced in selecting a gift for him to take to Iraq: I have a photograph of the guns he packed. Apparently, it is true that a rifle is a marine’s best friend. Greg will travel, indeed sleep, with his weapons. My husband snapped the photo and e-mailed it from North Carolina, right after he put Greg on the bus that took him to the airstrip where he began his journey to Iraq....
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Aug 9th, 2010

Avert Your Eyes

Even before the Gulf Oil Spill, Ms. Jacobs worried about the state of our oceans. In the following essay, she considers the consequences of our addiction to plastic: If you have not yet read “Moby-Duck: Or, The Synthetic Wilderness of Childhood,” Donovan Hohn’s essay about a mishap at sea that sent thousands of rubber duckies sailing around the globe, then I suggest you steer clear of it....
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Nov 23rd, 2007

Dear Rudy

Ms. Jacobs wrote this op-ed piece about the scandals surrounding Rudy Giuliani's 2008 presidential campaign. It was previously published in the Westport News: Dear Rudy: I hate to admit it, but your strategy is working. Your clever plan to scare every American into believing that something horrible is about to happen is gaining ground. How do I know? Because I am positively terrified. But my anxiety has....
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